Gavel and Law book

Audio: Parson’s budget proposal aims to reduce Public Defender System waiting list

The Missouri Public Defender System has a waiting list of about 2,000 low-income people requesting legal services. Governor Parson’s next state budget proposal attempts to reduce that list by requesting 1.1 million dollars to hire 16 extra attorneys. During a House Budget Committee hearing this week, Director Mary Fox says the office’s caseload is growing […]

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Audio: Missouri U.S. House of Representatives respond to stimulus package passed on Saturday

A one-point-nine-trillion-dollar pandemic relief package heads to the U-S Senate after approval by the Democratic-controlled U.S. House.     The plan featuring $1,400 stimulus checks passed early Saturday with no Republican support. Missouri GOP Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler says it’s “serving as an excuse to spend our tax money on unnecessary things completely unrelated to the […]

Private School

Audio: After years of attempts, Missouri House passes private schooling tax credit bill

After years of attempts, the state House has voted to pass a bill that would let donors provide scholarships for students to attend a private Missouri K-12 school. In return, they would get state tax credits. Under the bill, students with special needs and those who qualify for free and reduce price school meals would […]

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Who defines the Missouri GOP: Roy Blunt, Josh Hawley or Eric Greitens?

(Missouri Independent) – The eyes of the nation turned to U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley over the holidays when he became the first senator to announce an objection to the certification of presidential electors. But the eyes of local politicos turned instead to his home-state colleague, Missouri’s senior senator. How would Roy Blunt — up for […]

Vaccine Distribution or Covid-19 or Coronavirus

Audio: Next phase of COVID-19 plan, beginning March 15, includes teachers, faculty and staff in Missouri schools

The next tier of Missouri’s coronavirus vaccination plan will be activated on March 15. That means all teachers, faculty, and staff in public, private, and nonprofit pre-K-12 will become eligible. So will state-licensed childcare center workers, some food production employees, as well as grocery and convenience stores workers. Missouri is currently vaccinating residents in Phase […]

Alex Garcia leaves church sanctuary

Audio: Honduran facing deportation under Trump, leaves sanctuary church in St. Louis without fear under Biden

A man who has lived near St. Louis in a Maplewood church to avoid deportation has been able to finally leave the church.     Alex Garcia returned home on Wednesday after being protected by the church for more than 3 years. The St. Louis Post Dispatch reports the Honduran immigrant and father of five […]

Bible Bullets and Handgun (Concealed Carry)

Audio: Missouri House Committee approves legislation involving concealed firearms in churches

Legislation that would allow Missourians to carry a concealed gun inside churches and other places of worship without the minister’s consent has been approved by a Missouri House committee. House General Laws Committee chairman Curtis Trent announced Thursday afternoon’s close vote.     The bill is sponsored by GOP State Representatives Ben Baker of Neosho […]

Religious Boarding School

Missouri House committee approves bills to regulate religious boarding schools

A state House committee has voted unanimously today to pass two bills that aim to keep tabs on unregulated faith-based boarding schools in Missouri. Former students from across the country attended a recent hearing and talked about getting beaten, being starved, restrained, forced to eat their own vomit, and put in isolation for days or […]